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Drinking alcohol halves the risk of developing MS in men, according to a Swedish study, and cuts it substantially in women.
raised a glass to toast the new year, you may havealso reduced your risk of
developing multiple sclerosis, according to a new study published in the
journal JAMA Neurology.
alcohol can cut multiple sclerosis risk in half for men and by 40 percent for
women, according to research conducted by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
The results are the first of their kind.
can drink alcohol without being afraid that the risk of MS will increase,” Anna
Hedstrom, MD, a researcher at the institute and co-author of the study, said in
an email. “Most people do not think about [their MS] risk, but they might if
the disease runs in the family.”
previous studies in the 1990s and the 2000s respectively looked at the link
between alcohol and multiple sclerosis (MS) but were inconclusive.
Up: Drinking Suppresses the Immune System
Swedish scientists used questionnaires to study the drinking habits of745 MS
patients and matched them with 1,761 people without MS, controlling for age,
gender and residential area at the time of diagnosis. The Swedes discovered
that while alcohol type doesn’t matter – results were the same whether the
person drank wine or spirits – the amount imbibed does.
who drank more than 4 ounces of alcoholic beverages per week – the rough
equivalent to 2.5 shots or a small glass of wine – were at the most reduced
risk for multiple sclerosis. Men who drank more than 6 ounces of alcoholic beverage
weekly – about four shots or a large glass of wine – also saw the benefits.